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directed by Kris McManus
2012

 

"Tarantino meets Ritchie" says a critical blurb of DEAD IN FRANCE, and that's pretty much all there is to it. Germophobic hitman Charles (Brian Levine, who also produced) hires sexy cleaning woman Lisa (Celia Muir) to give his recently-purchased Cannes home a good going-over while he is out of town taking care of his completing his hundredth and final kill. The assignment goes off without a hitch and Charles takes a detour in order to purchase a yacht (which he plans to sail off into the sunset with his ideal woman, who he has not even met) only to have his $2 million pound payment stolen from the trunk of his car by socially-challenged theif Raymond (James Privett) who is in cahoots with brother Simon (Lee Cheney). While Charles pursues the pair in search of his money, Lisa's boyfriend Denny (Darren Bransford, PSYCHOSIS) shows up to at the house to work a scam with Lisa to bilk prospective tenants out of downpayments on renting Charles' house (only for Denny to complicate things further when he finds one of Charles' guns and decides to make things more interesting). And then there's Clancy (Kate Loustau, INBETWEENERS), a psychotic assassin - who's also a lesbian, just because... - who shows up in Cannes in search of Charles who underbid her on a high-profile kill and plans to retire before she can get even with him professionally (so now she just wants the money from the hit).

Slickly-shot in the black and white (in high definition) - by writer/director/editor Kris McManus (who recruited a handful of castmembers from his previous venture TRAVELLERS) - albeit in a manner that is more suggestive of perfume commercials than of a sixties crime thrillers set on the Continent, DEAD IN FRANCE starts off well but quickly sacrifices the potential of deadpan black comedy in favor of heaping helpings of the aforementioned "Tarantino meets Ritchie" type posturing with an apparently decent cast that just can't live up to the would-be snappy dialogue (peppered with the usual expletives without the deft touch that makes such lines quotable in other films). The CGI gore is only intermittently effective, depriving the audience of seeing the increasingly obnoxious characters receive their splattery just-deserts (although the effects artists certainly try). If you enjoyed DUST UP (to name another film from U.S. distributor Breaking Glass Pictures' catalog), then you might give this one a try.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 20 August 2012 (UK)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:27:51
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English (CC), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Deleted Scenes:
• - David Cross (16:9; 6:12)
• - Ray Chase (16:9; 1:20)
• - The Olive (16:9; 1:46)
• Gag Reel (16:9; 12:26)
• Photo Gallery
• Green Band Trailer (16:9; 1:54)
• Red Band Trailer (16:9; 2:37)
• Trailers for K-11, LAURENCE ANYWAYS, and FROM THE HEAD

DVD Release Date: 26 March 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Breaking Glass' Region 1 disc features an attractive progressive, dual-layer, anamorphic transfer of this HD-lensed film. The 5.1 audio nicely accentuates the score and the gunplay, but one interior dialogue scene could have done with some ADR (while the location exteriors sound fine dialogue-wise). No subtitle are included for the English dialogue (burnt-in ones for the French) but the closed-captioning is helpful with some of the accents (the British ones, actually).

The gag reel is heavier on intentional mugging for the camera than gaffes, but it does offer some color shots that show how the locations look in real life. The deleted scenes are mainly extended versions of existing scenes that were wisely trimmed down (even if at the expense of some nice backdrops). Red and green band trailers and trailers for other Breaking Glass releases round out the package.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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